AutoCAD Structural Detailing – Steel Fabrication Drawings Tutorial

Link to YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efRgPC_FWuY

Many of you have probably had a dabble with AutoCAD Structural Detailing and placed a few 3D connections on a steel structure using the automated macros and not really taken it any further! The process of creating fabrication drawings is surprisingly fast and efficient providing you have a good set of templates and a basic understanding of the workflow.

In this tutorial I thought I would share the process of going from a 3D ASD model to finished fabrication drawings. We will be looking at the following features:

  • Element Positioning – The process of assigning unique marks to each object.
  • Grouping – Organising objects into assemblies
  • Using Templates
  • Creating Printouts

Enjoy!

Link to YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efRgPC_FWuY

LawrenceH

Revit Structure to ASD Steel Detailing

 With the new extension tools you can now pass your steel frame directly from Revit Structure to Autodesk structural detailing providing you have the extensions installed. This is a great way of providing typical connection details both in 2D and 3D within Revit Structure. You first create the steel frame in Revit Structure and then pass this to ASD (AutoCAD Structural Detailing) via the extensions link.

If anyone is interested in a full tutorial on the workflow in Revit Structure and ASD then let me know and I will produce a YouTube tutorial on this subject?

This will then pass the steelwork to ASD, you can either directly launch ASD or create a DWG file to load later if ASD is not installed on your machine. It is then a simple case of creating the various steel connections via the numerous macros that exist within ASD. Each connection is broken down into component parts and will require positioning ( unique part numbers). This is done by selecting all the parts and selecting Auto Positioning. You can then create automatic drawings from the parts and ASD then creates separate sheets with all the required fabrication drawings. These can then be directly linked in to Revit Structure via a drafting view. This is a great way of providing structural connections to prospective fabricators without having to draft them manually.

If anyone is interested in a full tutorial on the workflow in Revit Structure and ASD then let me know and I will produce a YouTube tutorial on this subject?

Hope this helps,

LawrenceH